This edition of Disco Diaries is a double cause for celebration–we have reached a milestone 50th edition, and we are only one week away from the official one-year anniversary of the series! We can’t believe the time has passed so quickly but we’re thrilled to continue sharing the best in nu disco, disco house, soul/funk, indie dance and more every week. Today’s playlist primarily features groovy up-and-comers with endless potential, as well as the producer behind one of our top nu disco tracks of 2014. Enjoy these jams and stay tuned for a very special anniversary edition coming at you next week!
Thief – Crazy [Rabble]
Sydney-based singer/producer Thief hit the scene over a year ago with the beautiful synthpop track Broken Boy. On Feb. 24, he made a bold return with the new single Crazy, featuring catchy pop vocals, flashy synths, and an added element of funk. No purchase link available as of yet, but keep up to date with Thief here.
Sailors – Feels So Good [Casual Jam]
When I featured Sailors’ Carnival in Disco Diaries 41, I wrote that the brothers “show a very promising trajectory for the new year.” Now that we’re three months into 2015 and they’ve released Feels So Good, that prediction seems to be coming true. This tune was released via Casual Jam Records, the music label belonging to the esteemed radio station/YouTube tastemaker MrRevillz. Grab it via iTunes here.
Dolly Parton – Jolene (Todd Terje Remix)
Dolly Parton’s 1974 hit Jolene is one of those songs that has been remixed and covered by everyone and their mothers, including Kygo before he became a household name. Todd Tejre’s edit stands out by taking the original from a different angle, one that spotlights the Norwegian producer’s signature, simple chords extended throughout the track. Download the remix for free here.
Aaron Scott – Like Father Like Son
It’s not often that you discover tracks that incorporate both organic bass guitar melodies and classic house production, and it’s even less often that the tracks sound as smooth as this one. French producer Aaron Scott has mastered the art of soulful house, and it’s evident in his most recent release, Like Father Like Son. Stream the rest of his work here.
Shay Lia – So Brand New
Canadian singer, songwriter, and dancer Shay Lia may have gotten her start by collaborating with hip hop/R&B heavyweight Kaytranada, but she’s sticking around with solo releases like this one. With instrumentals from Glenda McLeod’s 1983 release No Stranger To Love and Lia’s sensual and powerful vocals on top, So Brand New is a prime example of modern soul.
MIX OF THE WEEK: Falcon Punch – Citrus Mix
Last week on Disco Diaries, I featured Falcon Punch’s Donald’s Bird because it evoked nothing but a great mood. This week, I hope to transmit the same feeling via his hour-long Citrus Mix. The Los Angeles-based producer has proven to be an expert in laid-back, relaxing, “cocktail hour disco,” and that’s exactly what this mix is tagged as. Free download available here.